A chilling prelude as a man asks a little girl to get into his car. She is reluctant, but does anyway. She is later found face down in the river and the man disappears. The wife is left face the suspicions of the shallow and gossipy neighbours as well as the police investigation that follows.
Told in the first person by the man's wife, she uncovers secrets about her husband and other things she didn't know about him. The situation reminds of her of her own situation when she was the same age as the girl found in the river. Then the man under suspicion of a terrible crime was her father. As she tries to find her husband she gets to know the villagers better and discovers that some of them aren't as superficial as they appear. Or as nice.
This is an engaging story that increases in tension. It is about assumptions and injustice, and the tragedy they leave in their wake. Recommended.
Published by Bookouture on 17 November 2020.
Advanced review copy supplied by the publisher.